Following increase in demand by consumers, top Ugandan coffee exporter Carico Café Connoisseur is using the blockchain to track and verify shipments of its coffee.
As well as allow consumers who wish to know the origins of their products, do so.
Mwambu Wanendeya, the CEO of Carico Café Connoisseur, while speaking with Business Day magazine, stated that ‘Bugisu Blue,’ which arrived in South Africa last December, was a blockchain-certified shipment.
With blockchain certification, coffee lovers would be able to follow the step-by-step processes the coffee goes through using their smartphones. This can be done by scanning the QR codes or via a certification platform called Provenance.
“The idea is to give the consumer an appreciation of what happens on the journey and also to ensure that there are more linkages with the farmer. Traceability is important because people are increasingly concerned that […] farmers get rewarded for their work,” Wanendeya said.
Right from the time farmers drop off their coffee at the collection centres to warehousing, to inspection by regulators and shipping, everything is recorded. Meaning that coffee lovers can receive information such as the type of coffee bean they are drinking, their harvest year and which country it originates from.
Wanendeya believes Carico Café is sure to benefit from this major feat as this is bound to boost the farmers’ income by ten percent.
He added that, “Consumers are willing to pay more if they know where exactly the coffee is coming from.”
Uganda, Africa’s largest exporter of coffee according to the International Coffee Organisation, is eager to increase its coffee export, a move which is sure to boost the agric industry in the country.